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Introducing GA4000, Georgia’s Highpoint Challenge

GATC announces the launch of a new hiking challenge, GA4000.  Designed for members, hiking enthusiasts, adventurers, explorers and anyone who has done it all outside, GA4000 is a fun and challenging way to experience the Georgia mountain wilderness.  The program involves reaching the summit of Georgia’s 32 qualifying peaks over 4000 feet in elevation.

The GA4000 Rules are simple and straightforward.  Individuals tackle the GA4000 challenge at their own pace, select their own routes and record their own progress.  All of the peaks can be reached on day trips.  If you prefer group hikes, the GATC will have a series of guided hikes in 2016 to many of the more remote GA4000 summits.

Once you've reached all 32 peaks, complete the application form to receive your patch!

For more information about the program, contact Lars Holmquist at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

April, 2016


In the March issue of the Mountaineer I introduced the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s  Strategic Plan for 2015-2019.  That plan includes five goals and in that issue I wrote about the first goal, “Effective Stewardship.”  This month I want us to consider the second goal, “Proactive Protection.”  This goal is defined as, “Advocate for broader protection of the Trail’s natural and cultural resources.”
The desired outcomes included in Proactive Protection are:
Identify and protect high priority landscapes within the A.T. corridor.
Defend and prevent threats to the natural and cultural resources along the A.T.
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March 9, 2016

We have begun to receive notices from the USFS regarding prescribed burns in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest.  However, because timing of these events is based on personnel and equipment availability and on weather conditions, we are not necessarily being notified more than a couple of hours in advance.  For updates on these activities in specific locations and how it might affect the Trail or road access, please monitor the USFS/C-ONF website.

December 30, 2015

The USFS office of the Chattahoochee National Forest reports that, due to the excessive recent rain in North Georgia, several roads are damaged, unsafe, or impassable.  Updates on specific locations that are affected can be found on their website.

March 18, 2015

We have been notified of two prescribed burns taking place today.  One will affect primarily the Duncan Ridge area, the other could minimally impact the A.T. from Hawk Mountain to Hightower Gap.  For more information, please visit the USFS website.


February 18, 2015

The following notice was received today from the USFS:

As many of you know, we’ve had some significant winter weather in most of North Georgia over the past few days.  After a preliminary assessment of the impacts on yesterday, we’ve found that many of our Forest Service Roads are impassable and riddled with downed trees and power lines.

 Access to and within the Jake and Bull Trail System has been deemed impassable.

Travel to Springer Mountain is not advised, as routes to Springer are currently hazardous for travel.  Trees that have accumulated ice are weakened and subject to falling with high winds.

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GATC Mission Statement

The Georgia Appalachian Trail Club manages, maintains and protects the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in Georgia with volunteers from its membership and the interested public.  The Georgia Appalachian Trail Club promotes the appreciation of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and natural outdoor places through education and recreational activities, with an emphasis on conservation ethics and protection of the forests, their natural resources and wilderness areas.

Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest

C-ONFAll of the A.T. in Georgia falls within the Forest.

Leave No Trace

Practice the Leave No Trace Seven Principles.

Appalachian Trail Conservancy

ATC manages all aspects of the A.T. from Georgia to Maine.